In the past couple of years, we have been more conscious of getting rid of the excess stuff in our lives. We’ve gotten rid of a lot and have changed our consumption habits quite a bit in this time.
Downsizing to a smaller, older home two years ago has served as motivation towards letting more things go because we don’t have a lot of storage space. Our 1,300 square foot home has a small kitchen and 1970s sized closets – there really isn’t much space for a lot of excess.
Of course the lack of space is not the sole motivation, our lifestyle is! We’re finding we both feel less stressed and more content in our home as stuff leaves. It’s much easier to maintain and keep clean when there’s less, which means more time to spend doing things we enjoy! Even our young boys benefit from less, it seems the less toys they have, the more they actually play with their toys instead of just dragging everything out.
We’ve found it interesting how our minimizing seems to make people somewhat uncomfortable. We have comments thrown towards us regarding our desire to have less either by getting rid of the things we have or not acquiring many new items. Many times these comments are said with a negative tone.
I can’t help but think why does it bother others so much because we are choosing to live a somewhat countercultural life that’s not obsessed with acquiring more and more?
Do people think we’re just crazy because it is so abnormal to live desiring less?
Do they think we’re depriving our child since we don’t want them to have a ton of possessions?
Does it just bother them because they are drowning in their own clutter and really want to live without the desire for more?
Regardless of what others think, we’re confident that we’re on the right path and our life is heading in the direction that we want it to. Less really is more. When you have less stuff, you have more time to spend with your family, more money to give to ministries and quite honestly, life just seems more fulfilling!
Are you attempting to rid your life of the excess stuff? Do you find others are bothered by your desire to live a life free of excess?